Half-Life

2008

Half-Life (2008)

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As time starts spinning faster and a series of natural disasters send the world plunging into chaos, the disillusioned, self-absorbed suburbanites nestled comfortably in the hills of Northern California find their lives unraveling at an alarming rate. Global cataclysms are on the rise, and the air quality around the world is at an all-time low, and as the pressure begins to build up in the mind of suburban single mother Saura Wu, a sinister charmer appears and disrupts her efforts to rebuild her family. Meanwhile, across town, a troubled girl named Pam seeks comfort in the arms of affable young hipster Scott. But while Scott is more than willing to be a good friend to Pam, he's just now coming to terms with his identity as a gay man - a reality his fundamentalist parents refuse to accept. Now, as a series of disastrous supernormal continue to unfold, Saura's son Timothy realizes that he has been gifted with paranormal powers, which he quickly learns how to develop and hone. By drawing on his unique powers, Timothy is somehow able to alter everyone's reality - but what good can this do in a world overcome by misery and catastrophe? First time feature filmmaker Jennifer Phang crafts an apocalyptic fable that takes a philosophical look at the end of the world, and shows how sometimes hope can still manage to cut through fatalism with extraordinary results. .

Cast

Susan Ruttan
as Lorraine Parker
Leonardo Nam
as Scott Parker
Alexander Agate
as Timothy Wu
Lee Marks
as Jonah Robertson
Julia Nickson
as Sauru Wu
James Eckhouse
as Richard Parker
Sanoe Lake
as Pamela Wu
Ben Redgrave
as Wendell
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Critic Reviews for Half-Life

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

A precocious if rather precious debut feature for writer-director Jennifer Phang.

Jan 31, 2008
Variety
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Marks the debut of a promising, truly independent film artist.

Jan 24, 2008

Phang chocks the movie so full of family melodrama, social commentary and abused-child escapist fantasy that it sometimes simmers but can't come to a full boil.

Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A healthy serving of Californian suburban angst is topped with a drizzle of existential angst

Oct 15, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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